Goldilocks and Three Bears warm up for Stettler stage

The ever-popular children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be presented with a special twist

The ever-popular children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be presented with a special twist when Heartland Arts Troupe Society (HATS) opens the curtains at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre from Nov. 15 to 18.

Billed as a pre-Christmas production, the latest version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a British pantomime, directed by Jane Shepherd, who directed previous HATS pantomimes, including Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.

“This show is for all ages, especially for children from two years old and up — wonderful family entertainment,” said Shepherd, who also plays dog Piddles and the Big Bad Wolf.

“It has lots of audience participation, so we want to see the PAC buzzing with kids.”

Christina Carstairs plays the lead role of Goldilocks, with Harry Brook as Auntie Septic.

Other main characters include Andrea Muhlbach as Tom Tom, Dennis Smyth as Ray, Carson Ellis as Choppit, Zoe Bourdon as Splinter, Wayne Smith as Papa Bear, Tracy Turre as Mama Bear and Melissa Smith as Baby Bear.

Among other characters are Marg Purdy as Queen Bee, Katie Maxwell, Dorothy Hebert and Philippa Brysiuk and Felicity Weyner as Wilma Wasp, while producer Jean Bischke plays a general dog’s body.

Live theatre in Stettler has a strong reputation around the province, Shepherd said.

“HATS always presents very good productions and people come from as far away as Edmonton and Calgary to see our shows.”

Shows are set for Nov. 15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

For more information or tickets, phone Bischke at 403-742-4173 or 741-4173.

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